City to take Wildhorse reins

Council members to discuss 47-acre development proposal

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— A huge horse has rode into the Steamboat Springs City Council's stable.

At its meeting tonight, the council is sch--eduled to begin discussing Wild--horse Meadows, a multi-faceted development planned for a 47-acre site near the Steamboat Ski Area.

The meeting's agenda also includes a proposal to extend the licensing agreement with Triple Crown Sports for one year; consideration of several possible ballot items for the Nov. 7 election, including a lodging tax for transportation needs and a pay increase for council members; and the second reading of an ordinance to vacate portions of Yampa Street, Third Street and Fourth Street to allow for the Riverwalk development project.

Tonight's discussion about Wildhorse Meadows will be the first of two planned by the council, which also plans to address the project July 25.

Council member Paul Strong said Monday that the scope of the development warrants spreading discussion over two meetings.

"It's a very complex project," he said. "It's certainly a bigger project, in terms of acreage, than any we've approved since I was elected (in 1999)."

The proposal for Wildhorse Meadows includes about 600 residential units, divided among condominiums, a condominium hotel, single-family homes, townhomes and affordable hous--ing. Retail space, a restaurant, an educational center, public trails and a gondola carrying passengers to the ski base also are part of the project, which, if approved, would be built on vacant land south of the Mount Werner Road and Steamboat Boulevard intersection, and adjacent to The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs and the ski area's Meadows Parking Lot.

RP Steamboat LLC is leading the Wildhorse project. Partners David Hill, Brent Pearson and Whitney Ward received approval from the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission July 6, after modifying their proposal to answer concerns about views to the south and west and building variances.

"I think (tonight) you will just hear a presentation about the whole project," City Clerk Julie Jordan said.

The City Council likely will begin to work on motions for the project July 25, she added.

-- To reach Mike Lawrence, call 871-4203

or e-mail mlawrence@steamboatpilot.com

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